Foreign travel advice


Important COVID-19 travel guidance

From 5 November to 2 December 2020, travelling away from home, including internationally, is restricted from England except in limited circumstances such as for work or for education. Different rules apply in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. You must follow all the rules that apply to you.

The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) provides guidance on COVID and non-COVID risks overseas. The FCDO currently advises against all but essential travel to many countries and territories on the basis of COVID risks. You should check the travel advice for your destination.

Travel disruption is possible worldwide. Other countries may bring in new measures with little notice such as border closures, movement restrictions or quarantine rules. Travellers should be prepared to stay overseas longer than planned.

Entry requirements

The information on this page covers the most common types of travel and reflects the UK government’s understanding of the rules currently in place. Unless otherwise stated, this information is for travellers using a full ‘British Citizen’ passport.

The authorities in the country or territory you’re travelling to are responsible for setting and enforcing the rules for entry. If you’re unclear about any aspect of the entry requirements, or you need further reassurance, you’ll need to contact the embassy, high commission or consulate of the country or territory you’re travelling to.

You should also consider checking with your transport provider or travel company to make sure your passport and other travel documents meet their requirements.

Entry rules in response to coronavirus (COVID-19)

Entry to Italy from the UK

You must show evidence of a negative COVID-19 test result when you arrive in Italy from the UK.

The test needs to have been in the 72 hours before you travel and should be a molecular (PCR) or an antigenic test. You’ll be asked to show proof of your test date and result at the border.

Do not use the NHS testing service to get a test to travel to Italy. You should arrange to take a private test.

Alternatively, you can take a free COVID-19 test at the airport when you arrive in Italy. You will have to self-isolate at your hotel or accommodation until you receive the results.

At airports where fast testing is available, you will be able to get your results within an hour. At these airports, you won’t be allowed to leave until your results are available. Check the website of the airport you are flying to for more information on their process and operating times.

Remember that if you test positive, you will be quarantined until you test negative. Your quarantine time could last from approximately 10 to 21 days, so you should be prepared in case you test positive.

Some Italian airports do not have COVID-19 testing facilities. If you are flying to one of these airports (or if testing is closed when you arrive) you must self-isolate and take a test at an alternative facility within 48 hours of your arrival. You should call the COVID-19 helpline for the region you are in to arrange this. You can be fined if you do not comply.

Everyone arriving in Italy must also call the COVID-19 helpline for the region you are travelling within 48 hours, to inform them of your visit.

You can read more about the requirement to get a COVID-19 test (including when you might be exempt) on the Italian Embassy in London website.

Entry to Italy from outside the UK

If you travel into Italy from Spain, the Netherlands, Belgium, The Czech Republic and France, you must also comply with the compulsory COVID-19 testing.

Measures for all travellers

In addition to the above measures, all travellers to Italy must;

More information on these requirements is available on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs frequently asked questions page and online questionnaire.

Many airlines and airports serving Italy have resumed service, but their schedules may be different to normal and subject to change. You are strongly advised to check your airline’s website, as well as the website for the airport you are intending to fly to for the latest information. You should also expect to be asked to wear a face mask throughout your flight and within the airport terminal.

Travel to Sardinia

If you are travelling to the island of Sardinia, you need to register your trip in advance. More information on this requirement is available on the regional website of Sardinia.

Travel via neighbouring countries

You should check travel advice for any countries you plan to travel through ahead of your journey.

Regular entry requirements


If you hold a British Citizen passport, you don’t need a visa to enter Italy. If you’re planning a stay of longer than 3 months, see our Living in Italy guide and contact the Italian Embassy if you have further questions.

The rules on travel will stay the same until 31 December 2020.

Visas from 1 January 2021

The rules for travelling or working in Europe will change from 1 January 2021:

  • you will be able to travel to countries in the Schengen area for up to 90 days in any 180-day period without a visa as a tourist, to visit family or friends, to attend business meetings, cultural or sports events, or for short-term studies or training.

  • if you are travelling to Italy and other Schengen countries without a visa, make sure your whole visit is within the limit. Visits to Schengen countries within the previous 180 days before you travel would count towards the 90-day limit

  • to stay for longer, to work or study, for business travel or for other reasons, you will need to meet the entry requirements set out by Italy. This could mean applying for a visa and/or work permit. You should check with the Italian Embassy what type of visa, what type of visa and/or work permit, if any, you will need

  • if you are in Italy with a visa or permit, your stay will not count towards the 90-day limit

The 90-day limit for visa-free travel will begin on 1 January 2021. Any days you stay in Italy or other Schengen countries before 1 January 2021 will not count towards the 90-day limit.

At border control for Italy, you may need to:

  • show a return or onward ticket
  • show you have enough money for your stay, and
  • use separate lanes from EU, EEA and Swiss citizens when queueing

Your passport may be stamped on entry and exit.

Passport validity

The rules on travel will stay the same until 31 December 2020.

Your passport should be valid for the proposed duration of your stay; you don’t need any additional period of validity on your passport beyond this.

Passport validity from 1 January 2021

From 1 January 2021, you must have at least 6 months left on an adult or child passport to travel to most countries in Europe (not including Ireland).

If you renewed your current passport before the previous one expired, extra months may have been added to its expiry date. Any extra months on your passport over 10 years may not count towards the 6 months needed.

Check your passport is valid for travel before you book your trip. You will need to renew your passport before travelling if you do not have enough time left on your passport.

UK Emergency Travel Documents

UK Emergency Travel Documents (ETDs) are accepted for entry, airside transit and exit from Italy.